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interface design history
Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Media Lab
Bard Graduate Center

My research focuses on the study of media (both material devices and cultural texts) through the lenses of political economy and sociology of culture. I am currently working on an exhibit that considers how interface design has influenced computational and cultural experiences in the age of the personal computer. I also study the role of intellectual property in cultural production and am working on a book project on the development of corporate theatrical production in the late 1990s and the role of intellectual property in shaping commercial theatrical practices.

I am also interested in the intersection of interactive technology into pedagogy and through my work at the Bard Graduate Center's Digital Media Lab I work with faculty, staff, and students to find new ways to integrate digital media into scholarship and teaching. To that end I have also published about, taught, and lectured about the current and future potential for new creative and theoretical approaches to academic work through the use of alternative media practices.

Lecturer of Media and Technology Studies
New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering

Hypertext and new media, internationalization of Internet technology, social construction of technology

History of Data Processing; History of Software
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee & The Haigh Group

Thomas Haigh is an associate professor in the School of Information Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a partner in The Haigh Group, a historical services organization. He has two degrees in Computer Science from the University of Manchester and a Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Haigh has published articles on the history of: the software and services industry and its leading trade association ADAPSO during the 1960s and 70s; the emergence of the search engine and portal industry; the commercialization of web and email technology; early data base management systems; word processing and office automation; connections between science fiction and the history of technology; the political and social context of the early US computer industry; and the origins of packaged software. Haigh edits the Biographies department of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, and served on the ACM History Committee. He chairs SIGCIS. He recently edited the collected works of Michael S. Mahoney on the history of computing, for Harvard University Press, authored a provocative reconsideration of the famous 1968 NATO conference on software engineering, and published a comprehensive overview of the history of computing literature for the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. A manuscript based on some of his dissertation material focused on the rise of technical expertise in administrative systems from office manager to chief information officer over the twentieth century will be submitted to Johns Hopkins Press soon. Haigh also has an interest in the social history of the personal computer, which has led to several conference presentations and some oral history interviews.

Department of Computer Science, Union College, Schenectady, NY

David Hemmendinger was a co-editor of the fourth edition of the Encyclopedia of Computer Science, a project that rekindled his interest in the history of science and technology. He has taught a course on the history of computing (Babylonian tablets to tablet PCs) as well as courses on programming languages, computer architecture, and algorithms. He has several projects under way, including a paper on an analog computer used in the dyeing industry, and research to the development of real-time programming techniques, and on the early history of major programming languages. Before getting into computer science in the early 1980s, he worked on the history and philosophy of science.

South Asian Studies (all fields)
South Asia Librarian
Princeton University

I am especially interested in the recent history of information technology in South Asia. I shall be teaching an annual (Spring semester) course on STS issues in South Asia.

Affective Computing
Doctoral Student, American Studies
The University of Texas at Austin

I am interested in questions of human-computer interface that allow computing devices to respond to a variety of human inputs, such as gesture, facial expression, biomedical signs, etc. Fields of research include the following intersections: Medicine + Computing, Psychology + Computing, Cognitive Science + Artificial Intelligence.

Technology and Culture in Latin America
Fellow Researcher
Institute of Communication Research - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I'm historian and communication researcher from Bogota, Colombia. I'm a Phd graduate student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My actual research interest is cybernetics theory and social policies in Colombia. Last year I finished a research on the history of the Systems and Computing Engineering Department at Universidad de los Andes, with professor Francisco Rueda. Nowadays in an organizer of the SHIALC (Simposio de Historia de la Informática en América Latina y el Caribe) and also a fellow research of the Learning to see Systems initiative at the Graduate School of the University of Illinois.

Sociology/History of Computing Technology
Graduate Student
University of Chicago

Relational Databases
Data Modeling
Transaction Processing
Non-Relational Databases

Computer Science
Director and Associate Professor
Concordia University, Ann Arbor

My education has been in experimental psychology, computer science, and business administration. I was at Eastern Michigan University, reaching the rank of professor of computer science and serving as department head for over seven years. I moved to Concordia University, Ann Arbor, to start a program in computer science. (CUAA has merged with Concordia U., Wisconsin, which has a well-established computer science program.) My original area of specialization was artificial intelligence, and I have also been engaged in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and the history of computing, especially of programming techniques and tools.

Data Communications
Program Chair
UNIX history


Information Security

Information Security, Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Object Oriented computing, paleocomputing

Pierre E.
History of Computing in France and in Europe
Chargé de recherche, CNRS & Paris-Sorbonne University. Chercheur associé with the Centre Alexandre Koyré

Pierre-E. Mounier-Kuhn has published two books:
• In 2010 on the emergence of computing in French research and higher education:
L'Informatique en France, de la Seconde Guerre mondiale au Plan Calcul. L'Emergence d'une Science
(Presses de l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2010, 720 p.)
• In 2013 on information technologies in a major French bank:
Mémoires Vives. 50 Ans d'Informatique chez BNP Paribas (BNP Paribas, 2013, 196 p.)

His main fields of interest are:
• The historical geography of computer science and the process of academic discipline building
• IT in banks
• Computer & peripheral manufacturers in France, particularly IBM, Bull, SEA, and new entrants
• Software & service companies, particularly the service bureau sector
• The development of early Air & Navy defense systems, and their influence on the French computer industry
• Governmental policies regarding computer technology and industry.
• Transnational relationships in the scientific and industrial spheres, particularly between the USA and France, within Europe and with the former communist countries.

He collects contemporary art in the form of vintage computer cards and components.

P. Mounier-Kuhn has co-organized a number of international conferences, exhibitions and publications in these fields, and published some 50 papers in French and in English. He participated in "Software for Europe", a collaborative research project within the European Science Foundation. He served in the jury of the Computer History Museum Book Prize (2010-2012).

Development of the Information Systems discipline and its curriculum
Senior lecturer
Monash University

Many and varied, but currently mainly on curriculum and the effects of market forces in shaping them and the disciplines from which they derive.

History of Computing in Biomedicine
Graduate Student
University of Cambridge

Biomedicine, Technologies of the Self, Psychoanalysis, Markets/Knowledge

Human-computer interaction and design
PhD candidate
Open University

I'm interested in the intersection of history of technology, software studies and user experience design/human-computer interaction. I found SIGCIS while doing research for my thesis.

computer science
Assoc. Prof. of Computer Science
Wheaton College (IL)

My primary technical area is operating systems/distributed systems, though I am also interested in social issues/impacts of (and on) computing. I take particular interest in in the variety of perspectives on what the disciplines/professions in computing--including just where the various things called "computer science" have come from.

media digitization, information work
PhD student
University of Michigan School of Information

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. I research the work, workers, and infrastructures underlying large-scale contemporary media digitization processes. I am also very interested in the history of digital imaging technologies and image processing. I found out about SIGCIS from my advisor, Paul Edwards. Thanks!